Former national security adviser to present at K-State


Thomas Donilon, who served as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser until June of last year, will speak at this year’s second Landon Lecture this morning.

Donilon will speak at 11:15 a.m. today at McCain Auditorium. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

According to a press release from the K-State president’s office, Donilon worked for President Jimmy Carter in 1977 and was an assistant secretary of state for the Clinton administration. According to a June 5, 2013 New York Times article by Mark Landler, he was succeeded by Susan Rice as the president’s National Security Adviser after resigning in June of 2013.

According to a Sept. 23, 2012 New York Times Article by Peter Baker, Donilon oversaw support of military operations throughout southwest Asia, including the one that killed Osama Bin Laden.

According to the official Landon Lecture website, the Landon Lecture series is named after Alfred Landon, former Kansas governor and republican presidential nominee of 1936. The series is sponsored by approximately 400 patrons who pay either $325 or $375 for “regular” or “premier” memberships, respectively. The series was created by former K-State president James McCain in 1966, and has brought in U.S. presidents, former U.S. presidents and former supreme court justices to campus.

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Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.